Lead Mining on Grassington Moor

  • Explore the lead mines on Grassington Moor
  • Visit the ‘water sinks’ at Mossdale Scar
  • Enjoy the views across the south Dales

High above the village of Grassington lies Grassington Moor, a vast plateau of moorland which marked a large and well preserved lead mining centre. 1820 to 1870 marked the height of production and very busy it was too.I wanted to see the chimney, flue and reservoir but there is a lot more to see and I spent longer than intended pottering around the area.
Having walked to Mossdale through the many spoil heaps and quarry remains I arrived at the limestone cliff face of Mossdale Scar. Here the stream disappears underground (a regular feature of this part of the Dales) and is the site of a 1967 disaster when 6 cavers were trapped and killed.
The return from Mossdale Scar is more typically Dales, a fine tramp over the moors with great views south to Simon’s Seat and Embsay Moor.


There is a small well signposted tour around the mine remains with excellent information on the workings. Take the detour!

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Grassington Moor map

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL2 Yorkshire Dales South and West. Buy Map
Start Point: SE 015659. There is limited parking at the road end at Yarnbury. Alternatively walk the extra 1 1/2 miles from Grassington.
Height to Climb: 280m (920 feet)
Terrain: Excellent tracks throughout except for one section on a path after Mossdale Scar which may get muddy.
Eating & Drinking: Grassington centre is 1 1/2 miles from Yarnbury with a good choice of pubs and cafes.
Similar Walks Nearby: In Sight of Simon’s Seat
Villages of Wharfedale from Burnsall
Circuit of Grimwith Reservoir
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